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February 21, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

LOVE CHILD WATCH....Email from a reader:

I would like you to stay on top of this McCain story. If it gets dug into deep enough, I'm hoping we will eventually find out that McCain has been having an affair with David Broder.

Consider it done....

Kevin Drum 11:27 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (33)

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McCain has been having an affair with David Broder

What color is the child? Now, there's your story.

Posted by: thersites on February 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

A Broder-McCain lovechild?

Nope.

It would die from self-satisfaction.

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on February 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

No, Jeff Davis, it would THRIVE on self-satisfaction, and its name would be ...

Rush Limbaugh.

There, everybody have a group nightmare tonight.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on February 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

When I was a kid in grammar school, a few of the dumber kids had a technique to enhance their self-esteems: once, cursed with your mind that had been wired by nature to capably figure and be interested in creative endeavors, problem solving, and abstract thinking, you had finally gotten bored with it after 4 years of rote-memorizing the spellings of words from spelling/vocabulary/langauage arts that you couldn't find in a comic book, and you wouldn't read anywhere until college, some dumb asshole would pick up on it and finally memorize the spellings of a few difficult words, just so they could point out that they knew the spelling of one or two difficult words that you didn't, and wave it in your face. Or they'd memorize some set of facts- anything they thought they knew that you didn't, even sometimes when what they claimed to know wasn't true, they'd wave it in your face. Once a kid even tried to tell me and my brother that our PSAT scores didn't count because the PSAT was total bullshit and not nearly as difficult as the real SATs.

Some things don't change. The Republican reaction to this scandal will be to cook up a hundred trite, bullshit reasons why McCain's affair doesn't count, isn't real, or is being over-inflated by the media. All this detailed BS you'd never pull out if the story had to do with someone you know, rather than some political figure you're fighting over, will be treated by the Republicans as extremely typical examples of common sense.

Posted by: Swan on February 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

you had finally gotten bored with it

Well, finally got bored with the rote memorization, not with the problem solving/abstract thinking, that is.

If only my English / language arts teachers could see me now!

Posted by: Swan on February 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

We should review the record and see if there's any lengthy time when McCain disappeared from the public view. It doesn't have to be nine months; with McCain's physique, he would only have "shown" for the last trimester or so.

Posted by: FearItself on February 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

This story will stay alive only if the Democrats keep pushing it, the kind of thing they are generally loathe to do.

Posted by: Jose Padilla on February 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

How can any McCain tryst be more horrifying than the one he openly acknowledges with his wife- the first alien being to have mastered Mary Kay cosmetics?

Posted by: chance on February 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

And that child is --- Joe Lieberman.

Posted by: Roger Ailes on February 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM | PERMALINK

Of course when people say McCains's wife, they really mean his second wife. The first Mrs. McCain found it necessary to divorce her cheating husband. I know, I know, it's not about the sex.

Posted by: Radix on February 21, 2008 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

The one thing that this story might do, something Josh Marshall brought up, is finally get the MSM to quit taking everything McCain says at face value. Also, along the lines of Watergate; follow the money. McCain has never paid for his role in the S&L scandal. Revisiting this would be both timely and just deserts.

Posted by: Jeff II on February 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II, wouldn't hold my breath on the S&L thing. Neil Bush never paid for his role in the largest S&L failure.

Posted by: Radix on February 21, 2008 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

I heard that they didn't use a condom. The purpose of sex is to produce a pregnancy and condoms prevent pregnancy. Therefore, it's not illicit sex because they didn't use a condom.

Posted by: Republican on February 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

This story will stay alive only if the Democrats keep pushing it, the kind of thing they are generally loathe to do. Posted by: Jose Padilla

I think you underestimate the general loathsomeness of the MSM. This woman is waaaay better looking than Monica Lewinsky, and McCain's a well-know philanderer. Furthermore, now that the NYT has published the story, it may open the flood gates of other publication that sat on their versions, reliably sourced or otherwise.

Posted by: Jeff II on February 21, 2008 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

"Love" and "Republicans" in the same sentence? Ridiculous.

Posted by: MarkH on February 21, 2008 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

McCain is a straight talker, so I'm sure he will honestly and openly explain everything.

Also, why would Broder sleep with McCain? Did Broder have business before McCain's Committee?

Posted by: reino on February 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

jeff II if we were living in a competitive media world your analysis would be right. This story should have legs.

Instead we are living in the world of the consolidated corporate media (MSM) who are more than willing to kill a good juicy important story if it advances their consolidated corporate interests.

Young pretty blond women need to take special care over the next few days. I am sure the media is on the prowl for a good story.

Posted by: corpus juris on February 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Aww, liddle nooky-wooky McCain- I bet that pwecious man just had an affair because he is wonely, and needed somebody to wove.

Posted by: Idealistic Woman on February 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

Broder's definitely a bottom type.

Posted by: steve duncan on February 21, 2008 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Is the Schmuck Talk Express going to do a Viagra commercial with Dole? Bob or Liddy, either one?

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on February 21, 2008 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

So should we from now on use the phrase 'Straight Shooter' rather than 'Straight Talker' for St. McCain?

Posted by: gregor on February 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

Jeffrey Davis: A Broder-McCain lovechild? Nope. It would die from self-satisfaction.

Fantastic.

Posted by: shortstop on February 21, 2008 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

I have serious doubts about the McCain/Broder connection. From what I hear, Broder blows goats instead.

Posted by: Rob From Santa Cruz on February 21, 2008 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

In fact, this whole thread is hilarious. Thanks, all.

This woman is waaaay better looking than Monica Lewinsky

You think? With those badly plucked eyebrows, she reminds me of a Ziegfeld girl. But I'll take the word of the XY crowd.

Posted by: shortstop on February 21, 2008 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II, wouldn't hold my breath on the S&L thing. Neil Bush never paid for his role in the largest S&L failure. Posted by: Radix

Neil "Fredo" Bush isn't running for president.

Posted by: Jeff II on February 21, 2008 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

This story is one that Larry Flynt has been hinting at for months(Senate candidate for president sex affair). Think what you will about Flynt, but he has been spot on with his outings.

Posted by: R.L. on February 21, 2008 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

This woman may be better looking than David Broder but that's about it. Monica was a bit plump but she wasn't scary looking.

Posted by: lamonte on February 21, 2008 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

gregor on February 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM:

So should we from now on use the phrase 'Straight Shooter' rather than 'Straight Talker' for St. McCain?

I'm in favor of using 'The Straight Jacket Express'...or if the philandering thing proves out, maybe 'The Adulterous C*ck Express'...or, if the influence-peddling thing proves true, 'The Shady Bureaucrat Express'...

Interestingly, Kev mentions Broder and McCain in the same snarky sentence, when:

In 2000, when McCain set out to seek the Republican Party's presidential nomination, his campaign charter jet landed in New Hampshire early on with some lobbyists aboard...David Broder, dean of the politicial writers, was aboard that plane. And he duly noted the presence of Ken Duberstein, the lobbyist and former chief of staff for Ronald Reagan, aboard the plane of the senator running as the anti-establishment candidate.

(Bold text mine.)

So if this Vicki Iseman gets pegged as McCain's paramour based on - in part - sharing a plane with said Senator, what does that tell you about Broder?

Posted by: grape_crush on February 21, 2008 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

"Young pretty blond women need to take special care over the next few days. I am sure the media is on the prowl for a good story."
I knew Ann Coulter would be involved before long!

Posted by: legalpenman on February 21, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK
This woman is waaaay better looking than Monica Lewinsky

De gustibus non est disputandum.

Posted by: cmdicely on February 21, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

Monica was a bit plump but she wasn't scary looking." Posted by: lamonte on February 21, 2008 at 1:11 PM

But then you aren't looking at it from the cigar's point of view.

Posted by: Zit on February 21, 2008 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Broder...McCain...Limbaugh...Lieberman...Lewinsky..
.
.
.
Brain bleach!
Must get more brain bleach!
Arrgh!
{Grabs Pepto-Bismol and car keys and runs out of room.)

Posted by: clio on February 21, 2008 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

I think this story has legs.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on February 21, 2008 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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